“When your opponent states clearly that ‘our #1 job in the next two years is to make sure you don’t have a second term—our #1 job is to defeat you and to embarrass you,’ you don’t respond with Kumbaya….”—Michael Moore
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Though I normally will follow Naomi Watts wherever she wants to take me, her latest film—about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame from Bourne director Doug Liman—failed to fully ignite despite a committed performance from the actress.
The problem seemed to be in Liman’s turgid desire to turn the actress and the character into a real-life, female version of Bourne. There is unfortunately nothing new brought to the conversation from Liman and screenwriter Jez Butterworth (Birthday Girl), leaving Watts and co-star Sean Penn (who were so electric in 21 Grams together) grasping at cliches and regurgitated news from 2003.
Fair Game will be out in limited release November 5 and will expand throughout the month, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make it to the theater - this is a film that will play just fine on DVD, on the small screen. If you are looking for a dose of Watts that is far superior, check out her remarkable work in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child.
Brother Ali is back to doing what he does best; making hip-hop music with some substance. His newest album, Us delves into the deep issues of the human condition; the strengths and flaws that make us all human. “Breakin’ Dawn” is the second official video from the album, which was released September 22, 2009. The video is an epic five-minute tale, beautifully drawn by animators Rob Engle, Dave Irion, and Evan Sheldon. You can also find Brother Ali on the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour” with The Grouch, Eligh, and Los Rakas.
Sounds of shock, wonder, and ecstasy are easily mistaken for one another, and it’s this type of mystery that the Moon Wiring Club feed off of. This collection of recycled TV clips seems mostly secondary to showcase the new tune, but that girl shining the weird light in her eye is pretty mesmerizing.
From the semi-16mm black and white suburban lawn noodling to the explosion of the flower power in the chorus, the video for Tamaryn’s “Dawning” is as honest a genre replication as is the song, which goes for pure dreampop affect. Luckily, they’re better at it than others who’ve attempted the same thing in recent years.
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